Nintendo Direct announces new Zelda title
The Wii U is set to get a new Zelda game, but it's not the kind of Zelda you'd expect...
The latest Nintendo Direct has aired, and it kicked off with a bit of a left field announcement for a new Zelda game. Currently with a work-in-progress name of Hyrule Warriors, the new game is a collaboration between Nintendo and Tecmo Koei.
The game will basically be a Zelda version of the popular Dynasty Warriors series, seeing Link, and presumably other Hyrule characters, battle massive armies of enemies using various combat skills and super moves. The trailer shown in the Direct presentation looked pretty good, and demonstrated Link's various abilities, along with some of the Zelda-themed foes and locations we can expect to see in the game. It was also emphasised that this is not the next actual main Zelda game for Wii U, but a totally new title.
Personally, I grew tired of the long, long-running Dynasty Warriors series and its plethora of spin offs quite a while ago, but a Zelda-themed outing could well bring me back for more. The game should arrive on Wii U sometime in 2014.
The presentation then moved on to the 3DS, with a focus on Kirby Triple Deluxe (available sometime in 2014), and then Yoshi's New Island, which will be arriving in spring 2014. Details for the Pokemon Bank, which lets you store store pokemon, and the Poke Transporter, which can transfer pokemon between Pokemon Black/White, Black/White 2 and Pokemon X and Y were revealed, and both titles will be available on December 27.
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze was next, revealing little new, save for the already revealed (during VGX 2013) inclusion of Cranky Kong and the new 'Kong Po' special move. This will land on Wii U on February 21, 2014.
Sega's Sonic Lost World was up next, with the announcement of two new pieces of DLC exclusive to Wii U. Both will be Nintendo themed, with the first one being Yoshi's Island Zone. This is available now for free, and although only hinted at (rather blatantly), it's clear that the next DLC will be Zelda themed, although it's not been revealed just yet.
Wii Sports Club Golf was then announced, adding to the tennis and bowling already available. It includes various new courses alongside the Wii originals, and also includes the Wii U remote golf tee functionality shown in the first Wii U trailers. It's available now.
The new NES Remix followed, and this includes 16 classic NES titles, including Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong. They feature remixed stages, altering the original games with new challenges. It's also available now.
Dr Luigi continues the Year of Luigi, and arrives on WiiWare on January 15 2014. It's an enhanced version of the classic puzzler, Dr Mario, with new game modes and features, including an L-shaped capsules.
Adding to the existing Super Mario 3D Land offer for 3DS, another free game promotion was announced. This time you can bag a free copy of Super Mario Bros. Deluxe if you register a new Nintendo Network ID, or link your Wii U to the 3DS between Dec 10 2013 – Jan 31 2014. If you've done this already, you're already included in the offer. There will also be a range of seasonal offers in Nintendo eShop that'll see various reductions.
Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright has a solid release date for Europe, and this is March 28 2014.This announcement was followed by Super Smash Bros Wii U/3DS, showing off new character, Super Mario Galaxy's Rosalina and Luma.
Finally, the presentation ended with a new trailer for Mario Kart 8, showing off various new tracks, including an airport, along with the new buggy vehicle and more of he anti-gravity racing. It looks very tasty.
And that's that. You can see the full presentation below, which includes all of the trailers. Enjoy.
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